134-1 Perspectives On the Sampling and Processing of Soils From Tidal Marsh and Subaqueous Environments.

See more from this Division: S10 Wetland Soils
See more from this Session: Symposium--Sampling Protocols for Soils with Liquid Medium
Monday, November 1, 2010: 8:20 AM
Long Beach Convention Center, Room 306, Seaside Level
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Martin Rabenhorst, Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD and Mark H. Stolt, Univ. of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
Tidal Marsh soils are saturated continuously and subaqueous soils are permanently submerged beneath standing water, and commonly are found in estuarine systems.  The collection, transport and storage of soil samples from marsh and subaqueous environments present a great many challenges that normally are not encountered when working in subaerial environments. This paper will explain and illustrate several approaches that can be used for the collection of saturated and submerged soils.  We will also address problems associated with the handling, transport and storage of soil samples from highly reducing environments, and explain various approaches that can be used to mitigate or minimize these problems.